21Tasks and Parallel Programming

OVERVIEW

There are several reasons for using multiple threads. Suppose that you are making a network call from an application that might take some time. You don’t want to stall the user interface and force the user to wait idly until the response is returned from the server. The user could perform some other actions in the meantime or even cancel the request that was sent to the server. Using threads can help.

For all activities that require a wait—for example, because of file, database, or network access—you can start ...

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